Review: Underwater Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 Camera
As I was floating in the indescribably beautiful waters of Caneel Bay, I determined then and there that I must possess a camera that allowed me to photograph the glorious scenes that were occurring beneath me.
I have been using Canon products for my point and shoot camera for quite some years, but they don’t currently offer a reasonable solution for a point and shoot underwater camera. As I began my research, I quickly learned that most camera manufacturers rely on bulky clear plastic housings to obtain underwater capability.
This just didn’t seem plausible for a couple of roaming baby boomers.
Happily, I learned about the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 and made a purchase from Amazon.
Here are a few of the things that appealed to me about this particular underwater camera solution:
- This baby is waterproof down to 10 feet, and pulls this off without any extra equipment. You pull it out of the box and jump into the ocean with it. Cool!
- It’s bright orange. If I drop it in the ocean, I will be able to see it down below.
- The unit is also shockproof from falls up to 5 feet, and dust-proof.
- At only 5.8 ounces, and 2.5 x 0.9 x 3.9 inches, it is easily transportable.
- It is the world’s first waterproof, shockproof and dust-proof digital camera to also feature AVCHD Lite High Definition (HD) video recording capabilities. Nice!
- It has also received a fair amount of praise for its photographic capabilities that are far too numerous to mention here.
There is currently a newer version of this camera available, but I didn’t see the benefit of spending nearly $100 more for the latest model.
My hope is that this camera will give me spectacular photographs in situations where it isn’t practical to carry around my Nikon D80, and offer me the ability to capture a completely new world of underwater photography.
I will come back and report to you my findings in a future post.
For now, I can’t wait to go jump in the pool with this baby! 🙂